As we get older, it can be more difficult to do the tasks that we once did with ease in our younger days. This fact is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) which realizes that workers who are 50 years of age or older may have difficulty doing manual labor, transitioning to a new position or finding employment. For these reasons, the SSA makes special allowances for Social Security Disability (SSD) claims for workers who are over 50 years old.
I am Timothy White, a lawyer for claimants 50 or over in Chicago. I have more than 15 years of experience guiding people in Illinois through the Social Security benefits process to ensure that they receive the assistance they need. I am prepared to put my extensive experience to work for you.
Factors Considered in SSD Claims for Workers Over the Age of 50
The SSA makes allowances for disability benefits for workers over the age of 50 who may not otherwise qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Some of the factors that the SSA takes into account when determining who may qualify for Social Security aid include:
- Whether your past jobs have required manual labor or have been more sedentary in nature
- Your level of education
- Your set of job skills
- Your ability to work various types of jobs
- Job availability
- Physical and mental disabilities
Depending on the above factors, you may still qualify for SSD benefits even if you do not meet the SSA's strict criteria for a qualifying medical condition.
Early Retirement May Not Be in Your Favor
A number of older workers who experience physical or medical problems that interfere with their ability to perform their jobs may choose to take early retirement and collect Social Security. However, doing so may result in collecting reduced benefits. Because the SSA makes special allowances for those who are over 50, and even more allowances for those over 55, applying for SSD may make more sense, depending on your situation. When you come to the Law Offices of Timothy R. White, I can help explore your options to determine what is the best route for you.
Contact a Cook County Social Security Disability Lawyer
Total disability is not required to collect Social Security benefits for older workers. I can help guide you through this process so you understand what to expect moving forward. Contact me, a Chicago Social Security attorney, online or call 773-295-2179, toll free at 877-851-4243, to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation. Messages will be returned promptly.